Icons & Illusions Exhibit Opens during First Friday Gallery Walk

February 15, 2018

The Decatur Area Arts Council presents Icons & Illusions, featuring the work of Wisconsin artist Cynthia Hayes, from March 2-28 in the Anne Lloyd Gallery at the Madden Arts Center, 125 N. Water St. in downtown Decatur. East meets West and ancient meets contemporary through Hayes’ paintings. Using a Renaissance technique called grisaille, Hayes applies thin layers of paint, focused on creating light and shadow to achieve an illusion of a three-dimensional sculptured relief. Her subjects are sculptures of mythological deity from India. Her surface is beautiful Kalamkari hand-blocked fabrics from India with intricate floral designs and elaborate borders influenced by Persian motifs. The series of paintings was inspired by a research trip to Kolkata combined with her interest in the art history of representing the human form.

Hayes currently teaches at the Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Her work has been exhibited extensively throughout the US and she received acclaim in India upon showing these iconic paintings in their homeland.

An opening reception, free to the public, will be held on Friday, March 2 from 5-7:30 pm during the First Friday Gallery Walk. Hayes will speak about her art at 6 pm. Live music will be provided by pianists Larry Wade (5-6 pm) and Mike Waltenberger (6:15-7:30 pm).

The First Friday Gallery Walk also includes:

  • 3rd floor, Madden Arts Center - “Master(ful) Works” features works by area artists who have created replicas of master paintings or paintings done in the style of the masters. The exhibit, on display through March 8, has been coordinated by Jim Morrison through Barn Colony Artists.
  • Blue Connection - large scale mythological and fantasy drawings by Millikin University senior Graphic Design / Drawing student, Francisco Gama, who will speak briefly about his work at 6 pm.
  • Gallery 510, 160 E. Main St. - paintings by local artist, Pam Marty, who will speak about her work at 6:30 pm.
  • The ArtFarm, 252 N. Park St. - photographs from around the world entitled “Far from Home” by Alan Henrichsmeyer.

The First Friday Gallery Walk is funded in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. For more information, contact the Decatur Area Arts Council at 423-3189.


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